All kinds of corruption in the arms deal

By Lee-Ann Alfreds Schabir Shaik and Tony Yengeni are well known to South Africans. Fana Hlongwane and Johnny Kamerman are not. But now their names have entered the public domain. Hlongwane and Kamerman have been subpoenaed to answer questions about their roles in  South Africa’s controversial 1999 arms deal – synonymous with bribes, dodgy and Read more >

Corruption across Southern African borders

By Valencia Talane Malawian president Joyce Banda attributes her lessons on successful leadership to the late former South African president Nelson Mandela. Her journey to becoming the first female president and chair of the Southern African Development Community was influenced by Mandela’s courage, determination, love and passion for his people. Banda, Malawi’s first female president, Read more >

Nkandla in the wind

Source: The Economist “I am often asked by people from India and Russia, ‘Why do you worry?’”, says David Lewis, head of Corruption Watch, a privately funded watchdog based in Johannesburg. Why indeed? South Africa sits in the middle of international rankings of corruption. It is not Sweden but nor is it Zimbabwe. It has Read more >

ANC owes it to itself and SA to halt its abuse of power

By Mavuso Msimang Corruption Watch board member Mavuso Msimang writes that to truly honour the traditions of the century-old African National Congress (ANC), an organisation that fought hard for freedom and democracy in South Africa, the current leadership must not ignore the voices that are calling for accountability. Read his opinion piece, published in Business Read more >

A tear in our fabric

By David Lewis Be sure of this: every successive instance of corruption, of which Nkandla is a clear example, tears away at the institutional fabric that holds our country together. The media and the public are focused on calculating the monetary cost of corruption. This is usually a complex task, although in the Nkandla “security Read more >

Community could have benefited from Nkandla

Public protector Thuli Madonsela yesterday released her long awaited final report into the alleged irregular and excessive expenditure on security upgrades at Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma’s private residence in KwaZulu-Natal. Madonsela’s investigation is not the first to have been conducted on the controversial construction project. In October 2012 public works minister Thulas Nxesi ordered an Read more >

The arms deal: what you need to know

Browse the mini-site: What is the arms deal? What equipment was bought? When did it all go down? Who were the people involved? Allegations of corruption What is the Seriti Commission? Useful resources Updates and analysis Formally known as the Strategic Defence Package, the arms deal, to use its notorious nickname, was a multi-billion-rand military Read more >

Spy tapes saga: the latest

President Jacob Zuma will apply in the Johannesburg high court this week for leave to appeal against the most recent ruling in the so-called “spy tapes” saga. The appeal will be heard on Friday, 6 September. On 16 August the high court in Pretoria ruled that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which is in possession Read more >